Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Silverweed
Potentilla anserina
of the Rose family
a perennial
5 -25 cm high
blooms May - August
likes grassy places, roadsides
can be seen extensively around the Park
This was by the Pond



   
The underside of the leaves of this plant are silver in colour - hence the name. Until the introduction of the potato in the 1500s Silverweed was a crop plant whose turnip-like roots were part of peasants' staple diet. This has led to the folk-names "bread and butter", "bread and cheese" and "seventh bread". It has even been used as a herbal remedy for ailments such as mouth ulcers and sore throats.